Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec.4/ Trend G.Mehdi/
Iranian engineers at the Shahid Hasheminejad gas refinery in the northeast of the country, managed to revamp a vertical centrifuge pump which is used to transfer water and oil products, ISNA reported.
Different parts of the pump were manufactured using a reverse engineering method, Mehdi Mahmoudi, the gas refinery's technical workshop director stated.
Some 25 million rials (about $2000) was spent to revamp the pump, he said, adding that it would cost 375 million rials to import the product.
Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi said in May that Iran plans to become self-sufficient in producing 19 highly used goods which are strategic to the oil industry.
He added that technology for manufacturing 19 of the oil goods should be indigenised by the end of the fifth five-year development plan (2015).
Strategic goods include onshore and offshore drilling rigs, pumps, turbines and precision tools, he noted.
He added that domestic production of 52 petrochemical catalysts will be started in the near future.
Global sanctions against Iran have not only not hindered the country's oil industry, but have also turned the Islamic Republic into an exporter of equipment and goods, he emphasised.
"Despite all the threats from our enemies, there is no concern regarding development of the oil industry relying on the expertise and knowledge of Iranian scientists," he added.